RTE Gardening Competition Prize Winner

Many congratulations to our neighbour Evelyn Russell from Grange Court, whose beautiful garden was a recent finalist in the Bord Bia GróMór Gardening Competition on The RTÉ Radio 1 Ray D’Arcy show. Evelyn’s garden was recognised in the Most Colourful Garden category, and based on these beautiful images we can see why.

We know many Marley Grange residents found great solace in their gardens in recent months, and we would love to see the fruits of your labour. We invite all MGRA members to submit pictures of their hard work to info@marleygrange.ie. We will feature these on our social media to serve as inspiration for your neighbours and friends.

Tree Removal on Dargle Valley

MGRA have sadly been informed that 20 oak trees, recently planted by DLRCoCo on Dargle Valley, must be removed and destroyed immediately. This is due to the detection of Oak Processionary Moth on one of these trees. Spread of this pest could pose a risk to both tree and human health. DLRCoCo have offered their sincere apology for this, and hope to replace this with alternative planting early next year.

Further information on Oak Processionary Moth is available from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine via this link.

Cocooners get designated time in Dublin’s parks

Four Dublin Local Authorities earmark 1.30pm – 3.30pm as Cocooner Only times

Dublin’s four local authorities have come together to create a designated time for cocooners to wish to exercise in their local parks.

From Wednesday, May 6, a two-hour period between 1.30pm and 3.30pm will be reserved in all parks across Dublin city and county for people who are cocooning. This includes the Over-70s and medically vulnerable people. Other park users are asked to consider using parks at other times so that those cocooning can have as much space and confidence in physical distancing as possible.

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Councillor Shay Brennan said:

“The COVID19 crisis brings with it many challenges and often we are having to face it by thinking differently. I fully support this innovative plan to allow Cocooners much needed dedicated space and time in the outdoors – allowing them the peace of mind that they can get their long-awaited fresh air and exercise in as safe an environment as possible.”

The Chief Executive of Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown Council, Philomena Poole, said:

“We are asking all other citizens to please take on board the request to leave this two-hour period for those who have been cocooning and to use the park at other times. It is extremely important that they can enjoy our parks and exercise in safety.”

Marley Grange 2km Radius

We hope that all residents are continuing to stay safe and well during this time. According to government advice, all routine activity should take place within a 2km radius of home. Please see the associated map for a guide to 2km area surrounding Marley Grange.

Should any residents require additional support during this period, please do not hesitate to contact MGRA at info@marleygrange.ie, or call the DLR Community Response on 271 3199.

COVID-19 Support

MGRA would like to hear from any elderly or vulnerable residents who need support during this time. If you need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc, please contact us at info@marleygrange.ie. We will do our best to help wherever we can. Residents who are willing and able to help, we ask that you please make contact with your vulnerable neighbours, or email us with your number and address so we can pair you with local residents who need your support. Let’s keep Marley Grange safe. Remember we are not alone.

MGRA AGM 2020

MGRA 2020 AGM

25th February 8pm, Divine Word Parish Centre

The Annual General Meeting of the Marley Grange Residents’ Association will be held on Tuesday 25th February 2019 at 8:00pm in the Divine Word Parish Centre. Refreshments will be served from 7:30pm onwards. There will also be a raffle at the end of the evening.

All current members are encouraged to attend. This event is your best opportunity for face-to-face communication with the committee and fellow residents on topics of interest to us all. Membership cannot be acquired on the night and the AGM is only open to residents who have paid their 2019 subscription. A member of an Garda Síochána, Rathfarnham Community Liaison will be present to discuss issues of estate safety.

Any current member who wishes to propose a motion at the AGM should please submit it by email to the Secretary (info@marleygrange.ie) by 23rd February at the latest.

If you are interested in joining the MGRA Committee for 2020, we’d love to hear from you.

Bus Connects Revised Network

In response to last year’s public consultation, Bus Connects have compiled a revised proposal for bus network restructuring. Local area booklets outlining the revised networks and proposed route maps can be found here.

A second round of Public Consultation on the revised proposal is now open for comment until 3rd December 2019. Observations can be submitted via the following link. Bus Connects staff will be available to answer any questions in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 13th November from 11.30am-5.30pm and Friday 14th November from 1.30-7.30pm.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

On behalf of MGRA, we thank all those who organised and attended our recent sustainable gardening talk and bulb-planting workshop. Our particular thanks to Aoife Munn for sharing her time, expertise and wealth of experience with us. We have received extremely positive feedback from residents, and we hope to follow their success with similar future events. So please keep an eye on our website and all MGRA correspondence. Meanwhile, for the attention of residents with a keen interest in landscaping and biodiversity, we draw your attention to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. This offers a wealth of guidance, resources and support to biodiverse-conscious gardeners for all your landscaping endeavours.

*RESCHEDULED 22nd October* Gardening for Nature with Aoife Munn

*RESCHEDULED* MGRA are pleased to invite all residents to attend a talk on Gardening for Nature, led by renowned horticulturist Aoife Munn. The talk will take place in Divine Word Parish Centre on the new date of Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm.

Aoife is a horticulturist with many years experience working with County Councils to deliver courses on sustainable gardening, and as a member of the judging committee for the tidy districts competition. She has a keen interest in community gardening and works regularly with residents’ associations. For many years, Aoife has been involved with the Marlay Garden School and is particularly passionate about gardening in an eco-friendly way. Her work has featured on RTE’s Nationwide.

Please join us for what promises to be an enjoyable, informative and rewarding evening. Both experienced gardeners and novice enthusiasts are welcome and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting many of our friends and neighbours on the night.

Thank you to all those who took part in the Community Bulb-planting workshop on Sunday 6th October. Thankfully the sun stayed with us, and it was great to see so many residents getting involved. Let’s hope we all enjoy the results of our hard work next Spring!

Annual Estate BBQ 2019

*UPDATE* Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening. We have a full-house this year, with MARQUEES so the rain won’t spoil our fun. There will be some blankets available, but cold creatures are encouraged to bring along their own.

MGRA Annual Estate Barbecue will take place on Friday 7th June 2019. As always the event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden at Marlay Park. There will be food, live music and childrens’ entertainment, with festivities kicking-off at 6.30pm. We will also see the return of the Great Marley Bake-off, bigger and better this year with fantastic prizes (details below)! 

For more information or to inquire about tickets, please ask any of the MGRA committee members or contact info@marleygrange.ie. Residents: €10, non-residents: €20, children over 5 years: €5, children under 5 years: free.

We look forward to seeing you there!